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    China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China) (Hardback) By (author) William T. Rowe, General editor Timothy Brook


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    DescriptionIn a brisk revisionist history, William Rowe challenges the standard narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking state that failed to keep pace with the modern West. The Great Qing was the second major Chinese empire ruled by foreigners. Three strong Manchu emperors worked diligently to secure an alliance with the conquered Ming gentry, though many of their social edicts - especially the requirement that ethnic Han men wear queues - were fiercely resisted. As advocates of a 'universal' empire, Qing rulers also achieved an enormous expansion of the Chinese realm over the course of three centuries, including the conquest and incorporation of Turkic and Tibetan people in the west, vast migration into the southwest, and the colonization of Taiwan. Despite this geographic range and the accompanying social and economic complexity, the Qing ideal of 'small government' worked well when outside threats were minimal. But the nineteenth-century Opium Wars forced China to become a player in a predatory international contest involving Western powers, while the devastating uprisings of the Taiping and Boxer rebellions signaled an urgent need for internal reform. Comprehensive state-mandated changes during the early twentieth century were not enough to hold back the nationalist tide of 1911, but they provided a new foundation for the Republican and Communist states that would follow. This original, thought-provoking history of China's last empire is a must-read for understanding the challenges facing China today.

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    China's Last Empire
    The Great Qing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William T. Rowe, General editor Timothy Brook
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 717 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674036123
    ISBN 10: 0674036123

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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
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    DC22: 951.03
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    LC classification: DS754 .R84 2009
    Thema V1.0: NHF
    Illustrations note
    17 halftones, 5 maps
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    15 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    William T. Rowe is John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History at Johns Hopkins University. Timothy Brook is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia.
    Review quote
    Here is a new narrative for Chinese history. It is based on the path-breaking scholarship of a small body of principally American scholars who have shown that after the non-Han Manchus conquered the Ming in 1644, traditional China was gradually replaced by something very different. This meant that the previous explanations, emanating from the Harvard school, led by the persuasive John King Fairbank, which emphasized a succession of essentially unchanging dynasties, must be abandoned...In short, as Professor Rowe sets out in this important book, "the inward-looking and hermetic Celestial Empire" has vanished and something far more interesting has come convincingly before us. -- Jonathan Mirsky Times Literary Supplement 20091204 A very fine book, drawing on the best new scholarship on this pivotal period in Chinese history. -- K. E. Stapleton Choice 20100301 This series on China, brilliantly overseen by Timothy Brook, is a credit to Harvard University Press. Above all, it encourages us to think of China in different ways. -- Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review 20101101
    Table of contents
    * Introduction * Conquest * Governance * High Qing * Society * Commerce * Crises * Rebellion * Restoration * Imperialism * Revolution * Conclusion * Emperors and Dynasties * Pronunciation Guide * Notes * Bibliography * Acknowledgments * Index